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Smits to receive award for contributions to research

Professor Alexander Smits , chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2004 Fluid Dynamics Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The award is presented for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion as related to needs in aeronautics and astronautics. Smits' citation reads: "For innovative experimental research in turbulent flows, for devotion as an engineering educator and for dedicated service to the engineering profession."

The award, one of the highest honors in recognition of accomplishment in research in fluid dynamics, will be presented on June 29 at the 34th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference in Portland, Ore., where Smits will give the plenary lecture.

A Princeton faculty member since 1981, Smits has chaired his department since 1998. He also is an associate editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and of the Journal of Turbulence. He is a fellow of the AIAA, the American Physical Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Contact: Eric Quinones(609) 258-3601

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